share·​crop | \ ˈsher-ˌkräp How to pronounce sharecrop (audio) \
sharecropped; sharecropping; sharecrops

Definition of sharecrop

transitive verb

: to farm (land) or produce (a crop) as a sharecropper

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The most common arrangement after the Civil War was a share tenant or sharecropping arrangement. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: How Did My Ancestors Come to Texas?," 12 Jan. 2018 My mom and her nine siblings grew up sharecropping in SC. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "As kids, they picked cotton and dreamed about the ‘mansion’ across the road. Now they own it.," 5 Feb. 2018 That is a tribute to Recy Taylor, a black woman from a rural Alabama sharecropping family who was gang-raped by six white men in 1944., "The Latest on Trump’s State of the Union," 30 Jan. 2018 Genus was a field hand on the farm that Elma Jesup sharecrops alongside her father, Juke, and a mute black girl, 14-year-old Nan Smith. Ayana Mathis, New York Times, "A Novelist Dissects the Claustrophobic Evil of Jim Crow," 6 Oct. 2017 Set in the aftermath of World War II, the film is an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel about two families: The sharecropping Jacksons, who are black, lease land from the white McAllans. Steve Dollar, WSJ, "The New York Film Festival’s Buzziest Movies," 27 Sep. 2017 His mom was an orphan, and his father, from a sharecropping family in Mississippi, never learned to read or write. The Washington Post,, "How Trump's steel plans could affect 4,000 who work at New Orleans' port," 18 Aug. 2017 Glen Travis Campbell was born on April 22, 1936, about 80 miles southwest of Little Rock, Ark., between Billstown and Delight, where his father sharecropped 120 acres of cotton. Michael Pollak, New York Times, "Glen Campbell, Whose Hit Songs Bridged Country and Pop, Dies at 81," 8 Aug. 2017 Smith, who quit school in the third grade to sharecrop on an Arkansas farm, has secured a fairly stable life for his family. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can Memphis keep MLK's crusade for economic justice alive?," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of sharecrop

circa 1930, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for sharecrop

back-formation from sharecropper

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The first known use of sharecrop was circa 1930

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share·​crop | \ ˈsher-ˌkräp How to pronounce sharecrop (audio) \
sharecropped; sharecropping

Kids Definition of sharecrop

: to farm another's land for a share of the crop or profit

Other Words from sharecrop

sharecropper noun

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